March 21, 2008

Volume 27, Number 29

ON THE COVER:
news

Spring Training

Seasonal snapshots of the council candidates

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Forgione's Long Farewell

Superintendant Forgione plans his final year

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Public Access

Is public access TV on the blink?

BY MATT MARTINEZ

Naked City

Media Watch

The Statesman's getting smaller, but for what?

BY KEVIN BRASS

Point Austin: A Grain of Salt

Do endorsements really matter?

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Council cools its jets in post-SXSW haze

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Cashing in on Payday Loans; and Our Leader Speaks

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

LOCAL BREWERS

A Disaster Brewing

Hops shortage squeezes local-beer makers and drinkers

BY LEE NICHOLS

Brewpubs

With four great local brewpubs, beer drinkers in Austin are lucky

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Famous foodies at SXSW, juicy farmers' market news, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

March 20-31

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

2007-08 Austin Music Awards Encore

Austin Music Hall, Wednesday, March 12

SXSW 08 Photo Gallery

Off the Record

A walk on the wild side of SXSW 2008

BY AUSTIN POWELL

SXSW 08 Music Live Shots

Kimya Dawson

Wednesday

R.E.M.

Wednesday

Naked Raygun

Wednesday

Billy Bragg

Thursday

The People's Revolutionary Choir

Thursday

Retribution Gospel Choir, Mark Kozelek

Thursday

Liam Finn

Thursday

Maya Azucena

Thursday

M1 of Dead Prez

Thursday

Holy Fuck

Thursday

Bun B

Wednesday

No Age

Thursday

The Wombats

Thursday

Blue Cheer

Friday

Castanets

Friday

Destroyer

Friday

She & Him

Friday
screens

I Heart Guitarz

Girls Rock! chronicles a camp where girls do just that

BY YVONNE GEORGINA PUIG

Animated Opinions

Korey Coleman and company deal out critique on Spill.com

BY RICK KLAW

Film News

Villa Muse down but not out (not just yet, at least), plus new (and old) developments for Veronica Mars' Rob Thomas

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

TV Eye unpacks SXSW 08 and christens TV on the Internet

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Lubitsch Musicals: Eclipse Series 8

There's a provocative postscript left off Lubitsch Musicals: pre-Code

Film Reviews

Doomsday

In this UK thriller, the so-called Reaper virus threatens the Isles with extinction.

Drillbit Taylor

This mediocre tween comedy that stars Owen Wilson comes from some very talented people – Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen – who appear to be experiencing a delayed sophomore slump.

Girls Rock!

"How do you teach a teenage girl how to like herself?" is the key question that drives Portland, Ore.'s Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, as well as this documentary survey of the experience.

Never Back Down

Never Back Down is like The Karate Kid meets Fight Club by way of Abercrombie & Fitch.

Paranoid Park

Gus Van Sant's new film about young male skateboarders is breathtaking, heartbreaking, tragic, gorgeous, and psychically true all at the same time.

Race

This new Bollywood film tells the story of two brothers who compete with cars at the racetrack.

Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking might have been a terrific character study of damaged adult siblings, but instead becomes a muddled road trip toward redemption.

Under the Same Moon

The film's parallel stories of a mother and son seeking each other across geographical divides is never more than one small step away from mawkishness and cliché – but as a sociological study, it’s fascinating.

Water

Don't come to this movie expecting a doom-and-gloom forecast about ecological catastrophe. It's instead an encounter with "voodoo chemistry" that aims to show why we all should start imbibing "structurized water."
arts & culture

A Place to Gather Again

The Long Center recycles not only Palmer Auditorium's materials but also its civic purpose

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arthouse: A design worth the wait

After nine years, Arthouse is ready to complete the renovation of its two-story headquarters at 700 Congress

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Cabaret Theatre: Toasting Tony

Russ Lorenson debuted his cabaret tribute to Tony Bennett in Austin, and now he's bringing it back

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Lonesome West

Hyde Park's return to Martin McDonagh territory is as wickedly delicious as the potato alcohol his play's bickering brothers gulp down

Austin Symphony Orchestra with Andre Watts

Maestro Peter Bay zeroed in on early 20th century France, and the results were magnificent

Wheelchair Epidemic

This Gallery Lombardi group show defiantly straddles divisions with singers behind the lens and guitarists behind paintbrushes
columns

Day Trips

The Cross south of Ballinger rises 100 feet above ground with a wingspan of 70 feet and welcomes all to come enjoy the serenity of the surroundings

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Page Two: How Your South-by High Can Last Through the Rest of the Year

A veteran festival-goer weighs in

BY KEVIN SMOKLER

Oops!

After a Fashion

Stephen has bad dreams for good reason and is not fooling anyone with that yoga thing

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Cross south of Ballinger rises 100 feet above ground with a wingspan of 70 feet and welcomes all to come enjoy the serenity of the surroundings

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Do UT's men's and women's basketball teams have what it takes to make a Final Four appearance?

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

A critical amount of debris orbiting the Earth, the benefits of aluminum helmets, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Free Legal Aid – Do I Qualify?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

High school playoffs, Austin Aztex announce first-round signings for their inaugural season, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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